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The MAC face.

31 Mar

MAC undoubtably is the best make-up for the flawless look. With A listers such as Lady GaGa and Cyndi Lauper designing their new range there’s no way you can go wrong. MAC products are used globally by all you beauty junkies! If your new to MAC products or you need too know more information about them, your in luck! I will take you through step by step, each product you will need to achieve the “MAC look”.. happy reading !

Firstly, we need to prep the skin. To do this we use a pre-make up conditioner which is called a Primer. “Prep & Prime”. The primer helps to calm any redness, soothes the skin and blots away any excess oil. Its really important you use a primer as it helps your foundation, 1, stay on all day and 2, keep the flawless finish. Apply this under your foundation, all over your face.

Next up.. Concealer. “Pro Longwear Concealer”. A concealer is absolutely vital when thinking about any new make up. Were going to apply the concealer under the eye. Add a bit onto your ring finger and slowly dab under the eye area. This is going to banish any dark circles and make those tired eyes look bright! This will leave your eye area feeling comfortable and leave you with a matte finish. Your eyes are the most gorgeous part of your face, its what gets noticed first and what everyone looks into, so having an under eye concealer is going to illuminate the delicate area, leaving a twinkle!

Foundation.. “Pro Longwear Foundation” . This foundation is going to give you the most glamourous coverage. The clue is in the name. Its a long wearing foundation which lasts up to 15hours, so no need to top up your make up during the day! The foundation also has an spf 15 included and helps to control any oil when its hot. As well as keeping your skin feeling fresh, your skin will look flawless and illuminated. For best results id advise using a foundation brush. They help you achieve a fuller coverage and give you the studio look.

The MAC look is classically known as being “Flawless”. To achieve the flawless look we need to set the foundation so it doesn’t look shiny in any areas. “Studio Fix Powder” combines a good coverage with a velvet texture. This can be used with the sponge you get with it or simply with a big brush. For the extra full coverage and matte finish, i’d suggest using the sponge to go over your foundation with. If you want a slightly lighter coverage, you should use the brush and simply dust over the top. This powder contains something called Silica, which absorbs oils on your skin, helping to maintain a matte finish.

The Blush is pretty self explanatory. For the ultimate MAC look, I would advise you too, look in the mirror, smile and find where the apple of your cheek is. Use that as a starting point and follow your cheek bone right up to the hair line. This is going to emphasize your cheek bones as well as adding a spot of colour to your face. The colour is entirely up too you. For extra va va voom, repeat the action until the colour is beautifully bright.

As previously stated, eyes are your most gorgeous feature. So lets add some emphasis! The traditional MAC eye consists of shadow, liner and mascara. So first of all we start by using shadows. Apply a light base colour all over your eye lid. MAC eyes are dark and mysterious. So have a selection of 3 darker colours you can use. Use the darkest one on the end corners of the eyelid, slowly raising just below the brow bone to create a smokey eye. A tip for this is the “V”. With your brush draw a sideways “V” . So it should look like “>”, then work your colour blending into the V into the lighter base colour. Each time you get closer into the eyelid change colour to add a slightly more variety to the smokey eye. Once you have finished with the shadow, prepare a liquid liner or a pencil liner ( black ) and carefully draw a line across your top eyelid. For the ultimate MAC look, flick the liner out off the end of the eyelid.Lashes are a major biggie! Read my previous post about false lashes to achieve this look. All MAC fanatics wear false lashes to make their eyes look uber duber gorgeous!!

Eyebrow pencils are a complete essential. No matter if you have dark eyebrows, they need attention paying to them! Use  “Eyebrow Crayon” and there is no way you can go wrong. Slowly draw on your brow, following your natural arch shape. For more emphasis, draw slightly above and below the brow then colour in. This is a must girls!

And finally, those luscious lips! Lips are also quite essential when forming the MAC face. COLOUR COLOUR COLOUR. Start by using a lip pencil. Outline your lips then lightly colour your lips with the pencil before applying the lipstick. This is going to help keep the lipstick on and add 100% more emphasis on the colour. Choose your colour for whatever mood your in. Make sure you always apply a colour, this is completely necessary and there should be absolutely no excuses! MAC have hundreds of colours so the world is your oyster.

Try using these tips by your self and start the MAC face… you’ll never look back!

 

 

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Scrumptious Summer Colours!

29 Mar

So we picked up this years spring/summer trends from fashion week, but what cosmetics did you pick up to go with it?! Were almost in April, so its time to start wearing the new face girls! We all want to banish the grey skies and get heavenly bronzed, so with these fabulous new products i’ve picked out for you, there is no way a cosmetic fail will be on the cards for you this season.

Bold colour’s. Check Volume lashes. Check Sunkissed Glow. Check


Base tan: Dior Bronze self tanner. This is an instant natural glow for any skin tone and can be applied to the face and to the rest of the body. The shimmery tan smooths on evenly, leaves skin feeling fresh and looking naturally healthy. This tan is brilliant for the every day sun kissed glow, without using a tanning bed. Perfect for work, social meetings, holidays and you!

Now you have a base tan, don’t forget to use your spf moisturizer. Apply over the tan on the face before applying your make-up.

Foundation: A girls best friend! In summer, we can always get away with our foundation being a shade darker, due to the sun changing our skin colouring. You’re skin is more likely to become oily during the spring/summer because of the heat. This often leaves foundation ‘slipping’ off and leaving skin feeling patchy and uncomfortable. I’ve found the best stay on foundation is Estee Lauder’s “Double Wear”. This is is fantastic for coverage and leaves skin looking flawless and feeling smooth. I have found this foundation doesn’t slide during those oily months. Finally, Yipee to Double Wear. Its a must have this summer. *Tip* Use a foundation brush for best results.

This year is all about yummy delicious bold colour’s and my my, I love them! Pink is always a summer favourite, and believe me, it still is this year! However, why not try coral? luscious coral.. fan-dabby-do-bee!

Cheeks :To achieve gorgeous, structured, super-model cheek bones, try Coralista blusher by Benefit. *Tip* line up your cheek bone with your brush so you know exactly where your dusting on. Take the brush right up to the hair line in one natural swift movement. Repeat a couple of times for the bold colour you want this season!

Lashes: All year round, lashes are a major biggie for us girls. No mascara = ending up feeling like Darnell ( Big Brother contestant ). This summer, lashes are back but even bigger! Treat yourself to some lash extensions and you’ll never look back. For a cheap option, Eylure do two fabulous options. The first one, is the Girls Aloud range. These are strip lashes, very easy to apply by yourself and you can pick your favourite band members lashes! The second is individual lashes. These are a little more time consuming and you may need someone to do them for you. However, they are very easy to do! Compliments will be fluttering your way. If you don’t want to try lash extensions, try Zoom Lash by MAC. This mascara is designed to give your lashes that extra va va voom! with the brush reaching every single lash, bringing them up to your eyebrows!This mascara comes in black or brown. *Tip*, When the mascara wand is on your lashes, once you get near the top, shake the wand from side to side and move your hand upwards in a slow motion. This will help lengthen the lashes.

Eyes: Once you have your full length super duper lashes, you wont need much more! Eye colours this season are very simple. Little tip, Lots of colour on the eyes= hardly any colour on the lips. ( We don’t want to look like transvestites). As bold colours are in this year, I suggest using a cream and a brown on the eyes ( your preference of brand. )Start off by using the lighter colour all over the eye lid. This will highlight the eye. Slowly start putting on the darker shade in the corner (nearest your ear) of the eye. slowly start introducing it to the rest of the eyelid but only go half way. *Tip*, adding a little of the dark colour underneath the eye instead of eyeliner is another season trend and perfect for everyday. For night time occasions, a traditional smokey eye is definitely working for you!

Lips: The world, is your oyster! As long as they’re bright, they’re fabulous! My three favourite shades are all by MAC. The first one is, a limited edition Lady GaGa inspired lipstick. This is called “GaGa” and it is a gorgeous pink! Perfect for you girly girls out there. The second one is a limited edition Cyndi Lauper inspired lipstick. This is called “Cyndi” and it is a bright coral. This is absolutely fabulous for everyday and night time. Its very versatile. And finally, if your feeling a little more daring! The third is called Riveting Rose. Its a purple. Don’t be alarmed! If you look on my bloggers bio picture I have it on there. *Tip* For best results use a lipliner for an ultra strong lip!

Bronzer: Dior Bronze is absolutely perfect for an all over added glow this summer! There are different shades and you can choose between matte and shimmery. Dust all over the face after foundation and blusher. This it a handbag MUST have!

I could go on for hours at all the gorgeous products out there but they are this seasons favourite’s. Some other fave’s include;

Benefit-Moon Beam. Absolutely perfect for the summer glow. Dab 3 dots up the cheek bone, after foundation but before applying the blusher.

Guerlain– Orange toned blusher. The 4 colour’s work together to reveal the inner goddess! Absolutely gorgeous for an everyday glow. Tip, dust extra when attending a bbq or social swaray!

 

Luxurious Goddess.

23 Mar

Are men really from Mars? Well, I like too think so. They don’t help themselves in any way shape or form with their ridicule comments and petulant behavior. Since when has it become such an issue to care girls? The suffragettes didn’t fight for us for nothing! We don’t need men to complete our lives. We can be super successful without the help of any male. In fact, we manage to run a house, look after children and work. Would they be able to do the same? The answer to that is, probably not!

I guess if men had it their way, they would re-wind back to the 60’s. When women stayed at home, and cooked, and cleaned. Were in the 21st century, and we do things our way!

So the modern Independent Woman. What are her characteristics? I’ll let you in on a few. Well a common conception is, she is driven, intelligent, organized, fearless, confident and she explores her own feelings without having someone else to tell her. Kind of mix of the most envied Sex And The City goddesses!

Now, i’m not saying we should all be like Thatcher! Lets think of Independent class, such as Grace Kelly. Thats more the image you should be aiming for.

There’s one thing that’s really important to the independent woman. And that is Health. I think every human being goes through a phase of exercising then moving swiftly on to “ i’m too busy”, but there are so many ways for you to exercise without it being too time consuming or too expensive. If there’s one thing I have learnt over the past few years, it’s not deprive your body of anything, otherwise, your brain naturally wants it more ( meaning you freak, eat and become huge. ) I’ve tried so many different diets in the past, from Atkins, to Slim Fast. Let me tell you, none of them are particularly brilliant or make you in the slightest bit happy. I know its very cliche, but eating in moderation and exercising, is all you need.

Well, summer is approaching and the dreaded celebrity beach pictures will soon be around, making you want to starve for the entirety. Hang fire with the drastic measures please girls, I have brilliant toning news! Exercising is really boring too some people, so i’ve found a few ways to make it a little more exciting and toning for you;

Number one: The Exercise Bike! Try taking one of your favourite magazines or books and putting it on the machines ledge. Read whats hot whilst burning off your delicious lunch.

Number two: Take strolls with girlfriends. Did you know, a power walk for 40 minutes can burn off up to 600 calories? 40 minutes of gassing will pass by surprisingly quickly! Even take your dog along with you.

Number three: Zumba! A great way of burning off calories. A new class of dancing. 99% all girls. Take your girlfriends along with you and I assure you a  barrel of laughs! If you google Zumba and your postcode, the nearest class will come up!

Number four: My favourite! We’ve all seen the cringe worthy fitness dvd’s, but have you ever done them with a group of your friends? This is so much fun. The cringier, the better! Very cheap and easy way of having an hour’s exercise.

Number five: Try joining a sports league. Maybe playing netball once a week, or hockey, tennis. The sport is entirely up too you. Its very cheap, not at all time consuming, very enjoyable and very sociable. Exercising this way lets you meet a whole new circle of friends!

As we are only in March, you have plenty of time to tone for summer. If there’s one thing you should remember from this post, is, when faced with a problem of obscurity, just think “Grace Kelly, Independent Class.”

Flawless Skin Formula!

22 Mar

If you want a Hollywood glow every morning when you put your make-up on, think again. Great make-up comes from great skin.

If your prone to blemishes, your skin naturally has open pores, this then effects the way your make-up looks. Using a pore minimiser will instantly reduce the size of pores. Personally, the best pore minimiser I have found is Estee Lauder, “Idealist”.

Idealist helps to reduce pore size by 1/3 immediately. Not only does it minimise pores, it repairs any flakiness or roughness which your skin might be  by. The luscious thing about Idealist, is its instant silk feel, which leaves your skin feeling extra smooth. This can also be used as an illuminator and give an all over more even skin tone ( you suffer from dark spots due to skin damage.) Apply every morning on clear skin, with an spf moisturiser, then apply your make-up.

Dermatologist Tested- There’s an anti-oxident in Idealist (NDGA) which helps to reduce wide open pores by first, trying to reduce the visible irritation which leads up to a lot of excess oil.

There is also another pore minimiser which I recommend, however, this time, this is a refining mask. You still need to use Idealist, as the mask is weekly. The mask has a deep cleanse and cleans out embedded debris on your skin, controlling and balancing your oil. Apply a thin layer to clear skin, wait 5minutes, then rinse with tepid water. This product is by Clinique and its called “Pore Minimiser”

Moisturisers.

No matter your skin type you need a daily moisturiser. Even if you have an oily skin type, there are moisturisers which will help to controlthe oil. All of your daily morning moisturisers NEED to contain an spf to protect your skin throughout the day. There are different moisturisers for different skin types.
Dry: Super Defense by Clinique (SPF25), is a defence against those horrible signs of ageing. Perfect for dry skin, as it has a deep moisture which helps to balance out the oil and water glands. ( Which helps to minimise the look of lines and wrinkles. Yipee!). Great at keeping your make-up stay on for longer and keeping your skin very hydrated.

Combination: The world is your oyster! Estee Lauder’s ‘Time Zone’ would be absolutely perfect. SPF15, and it is also a defence against those nasty UVA and UVB rays! This helps to retain a healthier more fresh looking skin. In a recent survey, 98% of women said they instantly felt their skin was hydrated and comfortable. The sirtuin technology which is in the moisturiser, helps skin resist the daily stresses that accelerate the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Oily: Clinique’s ‘Dramatically Different Gel’. SPF15. If you have oily skin, you need an oil free moisturiser. These tend to come in gel forms. Which are absolutely perfect for you! The gel helps to “drink” the excess oil and balances out the oil and water glands underneath the skin. Your skin will be left feeling smooth and comfortable. Apply twice daily to face and throat.

BOTOX IN A BOTTLE- THE ONLY NIGHT PRODUCT YOU WILL EVER NEED.

Advance Night Repair by Estee Lauder, is ” The one formula, beautiful skin can’t live without.’

This little fairy is an anti-ageing serum. ( Which was inspired by ground braking DNA research). This bottle, brings your skin a significant reduction in the appearance of ageing. This needs to be used every night so it can repair past damage, and prevent future. Advance night repair’s environmental pollution and gives continuous hydration. It also, sooth’s the look of daily irritation and replenishes skins own natural protectants.

WINNER OF : Marie Claire’s ‘Best Beauty Care’ ; Woman&Home ‘Best Night Treatment’ ; Instyle Beauty Awards ‘Best Serum’ and She Beauty & Fragrance ‘ Best Night Product’

As well as the facial serum, there is also an Advance Night Repair serum, which is a silky gel. As the skin around your eyes is 4X thinner than anywhere else on your face it needs a softer product. Because the skin is so thin around the eye area, it makes it more vulnerable to environmental damage and is also where you will see signs of ageing increase dramatically. This gel helps to reduce the look of fine lines; wrinkles; puffiness; dark circles and dryness. Your eyes need this!

Cleansing and Toning.

Cleansers and Toners are more of a personal choice. Any cosmetic brand would be happy to custom fit you to the perfect cleanser and toner.My personal favourite brand for this is Clarins. Clarins are renowned for their dramatic results in skin care. Your cleanser removes your daily make-up and any dead skin cells and leaves your skin feeling clean, soft and smooth. As it cleanses your skin, it hydrates and conditions and leaves your gorgeous skin feeling renewed! Your toner is a follow on from a cleanser. It helps to make sure you have nothing left on your skin, and again, removes any dead skin cells. Your toner should leave your skin feeling refreshed and clean. Cleansing and Toning should be the main part of your skin care regime as it removes your make-up, and stops your skin building up any blemishes.

Go ahead and try these products! Any of the above brands mentioned will be happy to give you any samples to try and first.

Your great skin starts here.

SPF Perfection.

22 Mar

Say YES to great skin.

We all want healthy, glowing,de-wrinkled skin, but i’ve got news for you girls, you can use as many thankful products as god provides us with, but there is no magic formula which can totally abolish wrinkles. We get wrinkles as we age. but what makes us age? UBA and UBV rays. They are everywhere! They break the elastin underneath your skin which causes the skin to sag. Elastin is a protein which keeps the skin flexible.Without this you can say bye bye to firm skin and hello to Botox, which isn’t a pleasant experience.

I can’t stress how important it is to wear an spf moisturizer underneath your foundation. Even when the sun is not shining bright through those little clouds, the suns ageing rays are still beaming directly at your face, even through glass. Starting young is the key; keeping your skin healthy and giving it the nutrients it needs. Drinking lots of water and maintaining a healthy diet is vital, as it helps to keep that gorgeous face of yours looking fresh & full of life!

Any cosmetic brand will be able to custom fit you to the perfect day and night moisturizer. Night time is when the skin naturally repairs it self, so having an extra helper is going to work wonders.Treating your skin with an intensive serum will free your skin from any excess damage and can help to rebuild a weakened moisture barrier. So why not start now? & keep your beautiful skin forever!